Man sues Apple for hearing loss caused by listening to his i...

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    Everyone knows that listening to something at a very high volume will have a negative effect on your hearing. It warns you about it in the documentation that comes with the iPod. The case will be thrown out in court and everyone will laugh. :D
  3. ekalb39 macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2004
    Apple should just put a message on the iPod that says only for people with common sense. :D
  4. rogueimage macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2003
    Boulder, Colorado

    The guy doesn't even actually have hearing loss, he's just suing because he potentially could? Let me follow this logic. He's "smart" enough to determine that the iPod could damage his hearing, and sue over it, but not smart enough to just not turn the thing up too loud? What's more, Apple already has a warning! If he wins, I will... well, okay, I've already lost all respect for civil courts. Can respect go negative?

    On an unrelated note, I'm suing Craftsman for not warning me that their screwdrivers could rupture my intestines if... inserted improperly. Who's with me?
  5. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    Hahaha, I think this guy might be dumb enough to try that in court ;)
  6. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
  7. me_94501 macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2003
  8. Analog Kid macrumors 68040

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    Actually, the guy apparently doesn't know if he's suffered hearing loss...
    I recommend this one simple test: Can you hear me say "You freakin' moron!"?
  9. winmacguy macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    In that case all Porsche, Audi, Ferrari, Dodge Viper, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Mercedes owners and owners who own other high powered sports carts should also sue the manufactures for the potential deaths caused from high speed road crashes that the owners may possibly have in their cars, and, while we are at it, all hand gun owners should sue Smith and Wesson, and all other hand gun manufactures because they could potentially be killed by their weapons.

    Note The above mentioned cars and weapons should ALL come with a message warning the user of the possibility of death by car crash and/or death from shooting or being shot by ones self or another person on the side of the firearm.

    With regards to the original article, what a fu*ken stupid law suite!:mad:
  10. Esquare macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2002

    The guy's a moron....

    Correction: he's a deaf moron. :eek:
  11. Superdrive macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    I've decided to sue Budweiser because there product made me sleep with an unattractive person resulting in personal trauma. Damages: [dr. evil]One hundred billion dollars.[/dr evil]
  12. SiliconAddict macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    New Flash : "MacRumors user sues man for wasting his time in a pointless article about an idiot."

    Hmmm I wonder if that would work. :rolleyes: :D
  13. cwedl macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2003
    Yeah! They're like I need some money, can't be bothered to work for it, lets just sue!
  14. Bad Beaver macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2003
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  15. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    Presumably because she was too busy laughing her head off...

    This is a serious waste of a court's time.
  16. 24C macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2004
    I'm sure there's a clause in the small print when you register that forums are a waste of time, or maybe it's just common sense :rolleyes:
    The real joke is sustained noise does affect your hearing, and there is so much we are exposed too in urban life, which we have no control over, and you'd struggle to litigate against. Bring on a soft target. Endgame? Bypass the ears and tap straight into the brain :eek:
  17. admford macrumors member

    May 13, 2003
    Hmmm.... If I remember, AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiting System) is turned on by default on all iPods with screens. Also as noted, has always been some documentation regarding hearing loss if listening at too high a volume (this type of warning has been around since Walkmans were popular). My guess is that the judge might end up just throwing out the case, it's just too stupid and the guy is just doing this following some hype in the media a few months before.
  18. Loge macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2004
  19. Fender2112 macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    What about the attourney that takes the case? He should be shot in the foot for encouraging the client to file such a rediculous claim.
  20. Stella macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    Only in america.

    Reminds of me people wondering why they are fat when they eat McDonalds et al every day.

    "The iPod players are "inherently defective in design and are not sufficiently adorned with adequate warnings regarding the likelihood of hearing loss," according to the complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., on behalf of John Kiel Patterson of Louisiana"

    I don't know about in america, but in the rest of the world its commonly known that excess noise will damage your hearing.

    Common knowledge, common sense.

    There will be a lot more of these stories in the future, unfortunately.
  21. hyperpasta macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2005
    New Jersey
    Oh for the love of peace. Lawsuits like this make me SOOOOO mad.
  22. finchna macrumors regular

    May 30, 2002
    and France

    "Apple was forced to pull the iPod from store shelves in France and upgrade software on the device to limit sound to 100 decibels, but has not followed suit in the United States, according to the complaint."
  23. atszyman macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2003
    The Dallas 'burbs
    The courts should hear the case, laugh him out of court and impose a penalty of getting "fixed." People with this little common sense should not be allowed to re-produce, God only knows what they would do to a baby.

    "But, your honor, my dog stays outside all day with a bowl of food and water, has a lovely doghouse, and can use the yard to relieve itself. You mean to tell me that I can't do the same thing with our baby? (S)He crawls like a dog doesn't (s)he? and it saves money on diapers."
  24. Keynoteuser macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2003
    Columbus, Ohio area
    you realize

    You realize, if this guy succeeds in getting Apple to do this, someone ELSE will sue this guy (and probably Apple) to get it switched BACK. :)
  25. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    My thoughts precisely!

    Just get Judge Judy on the case. She'll dismiss it as a "load of baloney" and make the guy look like an idiot. :D

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